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The Cat, the Mouse, and the Magic Beans

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    Children's Museum Of Houston

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The Cat, the Mouse, and the Magic Beans

Learn about problem solving and probability by figuring out how to get three items--a cat, a mouse, and a bag of magic beans--across the river safely. Take certain conditions into consideration while making your plan. This activity guide includes questions to ask, extensions, and resources.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Representation
      • Probability
    • Problem Solving


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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